Austin Travel Guide

June 19, 2017

It’s a long time coming y’all and I’m happy to share my Austin travel guide! As some of you may know if you’ve followed along my Instagram, I most recently moved back to Texas after living in NYC for the past three years (check out my brunch blog post). It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I won’t get into that now. See, now that I’m back in Texas I get the chance to explore Austin again. I used to visit a lot in college since my best friend attended UT Austin. Hence, I’m already pretty familiar with the city.

This time, I got to take friends that had never visited before and play tour guide to one of the coolest cities. I’m a HUGE planner when it comes to trips and vacations, so I gleefully accepted the challenge. Ready or not – I’ve compiled my Austin travel diary below for y’all to enjoy 🙂

EATS

  • Torchy’s Tacos – To say I have a love for Torchy’s is probably an understatement. I am MADLY in love with Torchy’s and this time around we hit up the Torchy’s in the trailer park and skipped out on those crazy lines on S. Congress. That meant, same great tacos with practically NO wait! Heck YES!
  • Grizzeldas – Since my girl’s trip involved more than 4 girls, a reservation at Grizzeldas was essential. We got extremely lucky on such a busy weekend. We also happened to stumble upon an AWESOME Sunday happy hour scene – happy hour ALL DAY Sunday. It was a hit all round and the restaurant itself was the cutest dinner spot for a girls night.
  • Mozart’s Coffee Roasters – Ok, so I stop here mostly for the scenic view of Lake Austin, but any dessert is to die for! Highly recommend to anyone for a quick bite and awesome study session.
  • Whole Foods – Since this is technically the headquarters, it’s a no brainer to stop in and check out this amazing store for yourself! We had the chance to stop in and grab delicious fresh fruit before heading out to the pool.
  • BBQ – My first obvious pick is the Salt Lick, but this time around, I couldn’t fit the drive into our schedule. So instead we headed to Cooper’s Old Time Pit and loooved it! I mean, you can’t go wrong with some good old Texas BBQ.

ADVENTURE

  • Barton Springs Pool – It’s not just any pool! Barton Springs pool has one of the coldest temperatures all summer long, so you can layout and stay cool all day long.
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding – This is actually a long time favorite of mine. I used to paddleboard every time I’d visit in college. You can tan, keep cool and workout – all at the same time.
  • Green Belt – If you’re really up for adventure which will lead you to a beautiful scene at the very end, then hiking the Green Belt is for you. Boy, oh, boy is it a hike! But the oasis waiting for you at the very end is unreal. Sculpture Falls, that is all. I highly recommend waterproof sandals or some sort of shoes that will make it easier to cross the water on rocks.

Welp, I think that just about covers this recent trip, but believe me when I say that I’ll be going back for more. Hope you enjoy your upcoming trip  – do you guys have any suggestions for my next trip?

Top NYC Brunch Places Right Now

March 31, 2017

As it’s my last day in the city, I find it very appropriate to reflect on the top brunch places that are on MY list that you absolutely must try. I am definitely a boozy brunch gal if the occasion calls for it, but these little gems I share with you today are perfect if you’re looking for something different. Breakfast is my favorite meal, so trust me when I say these are all must try places.

1.Cafe Luluc (Carroll Gardens)

My love for Cafe Luluc cannot be described in words. When my friend told me that the pancakes are supposed to be amazing at this place, I had no idea how amazing they actually would be! They are the perfect combination of crispy on the outside while still being so fluffy in the inside. This is an absolute must try if you are a sweet tooth person like me during breakfast while still ordering a small side of eggs. It does get crowded on the weekends as it’s such a small place, so I would say be prepared to wait at least 30-4 minutes. Totally worth the wait!

2. Five Leaves (Greenpoint)

Like I said, I have a sweet tooth, so it’s only natural that Five Leaves is my second favorite brunch spot for their delicious pancakes. Did I mention they’re ricotta pancakes topped with fresh fruit?! Side note – don’t limit yourself to breakfast at Five Leaves because their burger is also delicious.

3. Buvette (West Village)

Anything in the West Village is already so adorable because the neighborhood itself looks like it’s out of a postcard, and this hidden little French gem fits right in! Just stepping right into this tiny little spot you feel transported to Paris because  it’s so tiny, you feel slightly crammed like a sardine in the booth. It’s a small price to pay for the melt in your mouth waffles with fresh compote. There is always a wait at this place, so I would recommend getting their early or know that you’re going to wait at least 30-45 minutes.

I know there are a ton more that I’d love to share with you, but then the list would just never end! Hope you enjoy and as I reflect more on some of my NYC places, I’ll be sure to share with you. Comment if you’d like to see more!

Seaux Beachy

September 7, 2016


Welp, back in the city and getting ready to stalk all those Fashion Week street style Instagrams, but before this hectic month, we had to say goodbye to summer 2016 with a Labor Day getaway to Florida. Since this was my first and only beach vacation of the summer, I decided to amp up my swimsuit game with a trendy one-piece. Let me tell you — it was the perfect suit and I felt so girly in it! The best part — it was under $50! See below for some snapshots of my trip and direct links to best one-piece swimsuits for that next beach vacation. I know Fall is just around the corner, but a girl can dream, right?